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No trails, no problem.

Exploring the Harters' peaceful creekside getaway—protected by a conservation easement. [caption id="attachment_16562" align="alignright" width="306"] Susi and Andy Harter[/caption] Susi Harter prefers to walk off the beaten path. “It’s a very refueling kind of feeling to go out in the woods and just wander around and not have a...

Outdoor exercise supports heart health and more

Dr. West will tell you that exercise is one of the most important preventive measures he can recommend to his patients, but he says it’s one of the hardest things to get them to do. [caption id="attachment_16572" align="alignright" width="246"] Daniel West, M.D., Cardiologist[/caption] “We all understand that...

Circle of Oaks members will leave an enduring legacy

[caption id="attachment_16577" align="alignright" width="348"] Circle of Oaks members David and Diana Morgenstern. Image: M-buck Studio, llc.[/caption] David and Diana Morgenstern decided to include the Land Conservancy of West Michigan in their estate after David served as a co-chair for The Highlands Phase One campaign. David and Diana...

Letter from the Executive Director

[caption id="attachment_16645" align="alignright" width="234"] Joe Engel, Executive Director[/caption] My initial letter for this page, written six weeks ago, is now in digital heaven – conceived long before COVID-19 changed the face of our current reality. Ironically, if not prophetically, the theme for this spring’s newsletter –...

Finding health and fulfillment in volunteering

After retiring from a career in social work, Caroline Clark found she had time to explore new opportunities. One avenue that sparked her interest was becoming a master naturalist through Michigan State University Extension. The program requires prospective naturalists to complete a certain amount of...

Remembering Molly Bradshaw

Molly Bradshaw played a pivotal role in shaping what the Land Conservancy of West Michigan is today. She passed away in July 2019. [caption id="attachment_16189" align="alignright" width="313"] Molly Bradshaw, then president of the Natural Areas Conservancy of West Michigan, speaking at the dedication of the Saugatuck...

A community rallies for Ottawa Sands

We celebrated the transfer of this property to Ottawa County Parks in October 2019. [caption id="attachment_16180" align="alignright" width="443"] Hikers explore Ottawa Sands during the dedication.[/caption] On a blustery, gray day in mid-October, supporters of Ottawa Sands County Park gathered to celebrate its dedication—the final chapter in a...

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